The Injustice of the Government Shutdown
It really goes without saying how utterly unfair shutting down the government is to the low level workers (many of whom likely live paycheck to paycheck), while the high government officials doing the shutdown (as well as the President and others) who get paid a lot more, and could afford losing pay, still get theirs. In my old political writings, in response the the previous shutdown almost 20 years ago, I had said: “The biggest irony was in the midst of this whole period, when the federal government was shut down over this wrangling about the deficit. Middle income government workers just stopped receiving paychecks, (needed for rent/mortgage, food and other bills) while both Clinton and Gingrich’s six-figure incomes kept coming. Once again, no one said a word, except the media, and even that was a brief mention. The focus was entirely on Welfare…”. And it still is, with “Obamacare” being the newest form of “welfare” at the center of all this.
Here is a petition to have congress stop receiving their pay while this goes on.
No pay for Congress during the shutdown
Here are some good articles on this:
Obama To Federal Workers: ‘None Of This Is Fair To You’
(Nice that he acknowledges this, but I Wish he would do the big thing and suspend his salary too.
Especially since the Conservatives are already using this against him (ignoring that the Republicans are still getting theirs too), and of course blaming him, and accusing him of blaming Republicans.
It’s being warned all over the place that this could throw us back into a recession, but then this would be good, so the Republicans, the Tea Party and the rest of the haters could really say “Obama destroyed the economy”, to prove he is the “worst president in history”. They will destroy it themselves to prove he is destroying it.
An example of the utter pathology of this thinking, this one is unbelievable, and shows what exactly the Right thinks about the “little people”:
Fox’s Varney On Furloughed Federal Employees: “I Want To Punish These People”
Wall Street Visits Washington, the Grand Bargain Returns and Other Tales from the Kidnap House
Al Gore: GOP Guilty Of ‘Political Terrorism’
This Is What’s Happening To Your Congressman’s Paycheck Thanks To The Government Shutdown
Obama: Government Shut Down By Republicans On ‘An Ideological Crusade’
John Boehner Could End Shutdown Today If He Wanted To
GOP’s shutdown debacle resembles our first … in 1879!
GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer Won’t Give Up Salary During Shutdown Because It’s ‘What I Earn’
When I couldn’t feed my family: My trip to the soup kitchen was an invaluable lesson in humility and charity. I wish Republicans would learn it too
“Punishing the poor for lacking money is bullying those who have found themselves weakened in an economy that is taking no prisoners.”